Some of you may have noticed a new Direct Reply count on Twitter, which easily shows how many people have reacted to a tweet directly. Twitter will automatically arrange the order of comments on your tweets based on what it considers to be "the most engaging material in the conversation." In other words, if someone replies to your comment, they'll show up before someone who commented earlier.
You can also sort them by name or date created. This is very helpful when trying to figure out what people are saying about a topic without reading through every single reply one by one.
Sorting works just like any other column on Twitter, so you can filter by user, location, favorited, etc. And yes, you can even sort by reaction count!
Twitter's "Show the best tweets first" option was recently modified. When you turn this off, you will only see tweets from individuals you follow in reverse chronological order. Previously, you'd see "In case you missed it" tweets as well as tweets from individuals you don't follow. This feature is called the "Top Tweets tab."
If you switch to this tab, you'll no longer be shown "In case you missed it" tweets from people you follow but may not have seen in a while. Instead, they'll appear in a new section at the end of your timeline called "Recently Tweeted By You."
You can switch back and forth between the two views by clicking the three dots icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Then, select "Switch Views."
The "Best Of" tab is still available and it shows you the best tweets of all time, regardless of whether you've read them or not. This tab always appeared at the top of your timeline.
As mentioned, the "Top Tweets" tab has been moved to below the "Best Of" tab.
At the moment, Twitter timeline ranking indicates Top tweets are picked "based on accounts you connect with the most, tweets you engage with, and much more," according to Twitter. We can only speculate on what "far more" means. Each algorithm has its own unique secret sauce. That said, here's a general overview of how other social media platforms select which users to feature in their top lists.
Facebook selects its top list users based on many factors, including total number of friends, popularity among friends' friends, location data, and more. However, it's important to note that Facebook's top list is not necessarily the most influential user on its platform. For example, a user may have millions of followers but if they don't interact with those followers then they won't appear on their friend's newsfeeds. In fact, a study from 2014 found that most people on Facebook weren't even seeing the first page of suggestions for friends to add!
Similarly, Google+ selects its top users based on many factors, including total number of circles you're part of, recent activity, influence over others, and much more. However, like Facebook, it's important to remember that the top user on Google+ isn't always the most influential person on its platform.
You may participate in Twitter discussions by reacting to people and mentioning them in your own tweets. A reply is a response to another user's tweet that begins with the @username of the person to whom you are responding. You can also send direct messages to other users. These will be displayed below their tweets until you message them again.
Tweets and replies function almost identically, except that tweets are limited to 140 characters while your responses can be longer. Replies are visible only to the users who sent them so as not to clutter up their feeds with random comments. It is possible to receive replies to your tweets/DM's.
Users can follow others to receive updates about their activities on Twitter. When they do this, users will see some of the same information as the person being followed. For example, if someone follows me, they will see all my tweets without having to log in to my account. They can also see DMs I have sent only to those who are following me too.
Users can also follow groups on Twitter. These are similar to individual users' follows but there can be many people involved in one group account. Followers will see updates from all members of the group.
Groups can be created for almost any purpose.
Replying directly to someone's tweet not only delivers the tweet to them, but it also adds your response to an existing dialogue. Unless they are also following the user you are replying to, your followers will not see your responses in their feeds (or they visit the Tweets & Replies section of your profile). However, those users that are following both you and the original tweeter will see the reply.
How do you respond to a person who has replied to one of your tweets? You can either send another direct message or add another comment to your original tweet. These additional comments will display below your original tweet with any new replies to that comment. Newer tweets will float on top of older ones so most recent conversations will be visible first. However, if you select "follow" as the last option under the Who to follow menu, new replies to existing tweets will be delivered directly to your feed. This feature is useful for monitoring discussions about topics of interest or responding to questions asked by others.
Users can also send direct messages to anyone who is not followed by them. If you receive such a request, you will be notified via email. From there, you can click the link and write a personal note.
Direct messages are limited to 140 characters per message. Any extra characters will be cut off when sending a message through Twitter.
Additionally, users can like, retweet, or reply to other people's photos on Twitter.